For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2015
Progressive Groups Urge Senators to Stand with the President, Support the Iran Deal, and Prevent Resolution of Disapproval from Leaving Senate
Ahead of today’s vote on the Iran deal, members of the pro-diplomacy coalition have joined together to strongly urge Democratic Senators to support the agreement by opposing Republicans’ — and lonely Democratic defectors’ — effort to send a resolution of disapproval to the President.
Americans for Peace Now, CREDO, Democracy for America, J Street, MoveOn, NIAC Action, and Win Without War released the following statement:
This strong, verifiable agreement is an achievement of vigorous public diplomacy and follows from harshly learned lessons from the war in Iraq.
Given that it is clear that there are more than enough votes to prevent an override of a presidential veto, the upcoming vote could be the most memorable and significant vote that Democratic senators cast in this debate and the one by which grassroots progressives judge them.
Senate Republicans’ feigned outrage about a 60-vote threshold redefines irony, given that all along Republicans have been clear that they understood 60 votes would be required.
Forty-seven Republican Senators made clear that they were willing to undermine America’s leadership and standing in the world by undercutting our President and diplomats during negotiations with Iran. They failed to stop diplomacy and now they have failed to prevent this agreement from moving forward. But that is not stopping them from again seeking to drag America’s reputation in the world through the mud in another partisan spectacle that they acknowledge will not achieve their goal of killing this agreement.
No Senator who believes in the importance of American leadership should join them.